Teachers! We Want Your Children’s Drawings

Published: 25th September 2019

Teachers! We Want Your Children’s Drawings

Every year The Customs House Learning and Participation team work with thousands of children and young people. One way we do this is through our work with schools. We have a great range of charged for workshops and projects. Lots include Arts Award. You can find out more here.

But we know schools are always looking for ways to give their children new opportunities, so we run a few regular free projects too. Our free projects are light touch but still give young people the sense of being part of something bigger.

One of our favourite projects is our annual schools drawing exhibition displayed in our Step Up Gallery next to our cinema studio. Lots of our visitors to Santa’s Naughty Elf over the Christmas period enjoy looking at the exhibition.

Want to know more read on…

The Fairest of Them All

This year for our FREE schools drawing exhibition we are asking for young people’s drawings inspired by the story of Snow White. Depending on how many we receive a selection will be show for the public to enjoy.


Please encourage your learners to think about all the characters from Snow White. Will the make a pencil drawing of the Magic Mirror? An ink sketch of the Evil Queen? Use pastels to draw some woodland creatures.

Imagine the different ways Snow White might look – all we know is she has red lips and skin as white as snow. Whilst we know many children love Disney’s version we’d love to see the different and unusual ways our kind hearted princess could be drawn.


Please read and follow this guidance carefully.

  • Give your learners enough time to create their drawing we want them to feel proud of their entry.
  • Ensure all drawings are completely flat and drawn on paper or card no larger than A4.
  • You can make your drawing using any medium pens, pencils, crayons, ink…
  • Collect your class or schools’ drawings.
  • Hand them in to Box Office. Label your folder with your name, your schools name and a contact email so we can let you know when we mount the exhibition.
  • Make sure you have the necessary permission to display any personal information on the drawing publicly e.g. if a child puts their name on the front it will be visible in the Step Up Gallery and we might use it online to promote the exhibition.
  • We need all drawings by Friday 1st November.

Please note regrettably we cannot return any drawings but if this is a concern we would accept high quality colour photocopies if you wish to keep the original artwork.

Useful Resources for Teachers About Drawing

  • Access Art – https://www.accessart.org.uk/national-curriculum-planning-art-drawing/
  • The Big Draw – https://thebigdraw.org/

 Come and Take A Look

When the exhibition is up make sure you come and take a look. You might combine it with your visit to the pantomime is you’ve managed to book tickets for the fairest panto of all!

For school groups  looking to book the remaining tickets for schools shows on Snow White contact Karen English on (0191) 427 8183 and leave a message.

For more information about our work with schools please visit our page about Schools. Colleges and Universities.